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Not Another Teen Movie Review

Directed By: Joel Gallen
Starring: Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, Mia Kirshner, Jaime Pressly, Sam Huntington, Lacey Chabert and Cody McMains.

Synopsis: The irreverent Columbia Pictures comedy Not Another Teen Movie shows no mercy as it skewers the conventions and cliches of the genre you hate to love. Join Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh), an aspiring artist who is outcast by her classmates for wearing glasses, a ponytail and paint-covered overalls; and Jake Wyler (Chris Evans), the all- American football star who makes a foolish bet to turn Janey into a prom queen, in a risque romp with an assortment of twisted takes on classic teen characters and teen movies.

First, I don't quite get the whole thing of parodying comedies...comedy, by most rules, already stretch the imagination. It seems silly to goof on something that already is goofy... but I guess the teen genre has a series of set rules that you could turn upside down and mock...but Not Another Teen Movie fails more than it succeeds.

For the most part it is a slapstick style film, either someone is getting hit which is supposed to be funny, or just a steady stream of 'dick and fart' jokes. The film tries to do 'Airplane' style humour, loading each scene with references and if you throw enough gags at the screen some will stick...but for the most part, unless you haven't seen many movies of this style, there are a lot of old, and predictable, gags.

At least they tried though...I mean, they hit so many films...Pretty In Pink, Bring It On, Sixteen Candles, American Beauty, 10 Things I Hate About You, Varsity Blues, She's All That, American Pie, Porky's, Better Off Dead, Rudy, Breakfast Club, Road Trip, Cruel Intentions, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fast Times At Ridgemount High, Risky Business, Can't Hardly Wait, Never Been Kissed, Almost Famous, Grease...and more...that's a fair chunk of material. But it seems more like you spend the time watching the movie picking out the references than actually laughing at lines.

Some great sign gags like the Anthony Michael Dining Hall and they all attend John Hughes High School...cute gags. Another great one is a fast fly by of a kid on a bike zipping shouting out he wants his 'two dollars' but it is sad that they repeat the gag a few seconds later. Throw in cameos by Molly Ringwald, Paul Gleason (principal from The Breakfast Club), Mr. T and Melissa Joan Hart are hit and miss. Mr. T gets the best one, although Paul Gleason's was pretty solid as well, but poor Molly Ringwald's matches her career...it starts out nice and then slowly plummets.

Some kudos should be thrown out though, after all, humour being the hardest thing to do in films as recent comedies have proven time and time again. Some really great talent was picked out and for the most part you may recognize them but down the road, you will know these people by name. Sam Huntington does an amazing job of playing 'Ox' a rip on Chris Klein's Oz from American Pie, and Cody McCain (from Bring It On) was also excellent. Chyler Leigh puts a lot into her performance, including having her body brutalized throughout the film as the main love interest Janey Briggs. Another guy who didn't have the greatest dialogue but did a lot with his bit was Eric Christian Olsen who nails Paul Walker soooooo well. Last note goes to Mia Kirshner...why is this woman not in more films?

Another unique thing, there is a lot of nudity in this film...like the kind you used to see in old 80's flicks...and normally it is just nudity, and the guys love ti and the girls roll their eyes...but one scene, with the Shannon Elizabeth rip-off foreign student who walks through all her scenes naked is truly funny. The idea of her sub titles being spaced around her naked breasts so they are never covered is pretty damn funny.

Not Another Teen Movie also features an excellent soundtrack...a pile of 80's classics from the teen films etc, covered by modern artists which really help the film motor along. That was the one thing that the makers of this film got right, a page lifted from John Hughes film making...the man always had the best soundtracks to his films.

But the humour here is just...well, ok...it's not horrible...it's not great...it's simply mediocre, and that is what the film ends up being. Mediocre. 2 Stars out of 5. I hold hope though for Joel Gallen, after all, it is his first feature film and if he can build on this into a real comedic director Hollywood could certainly use one.

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DVD Information:

Special Features:
Filmmakers' Commentary
Cast Commentary
Teen Movie Factoids Track
18 Deleted Scenes Plus The Film's Original Ending!
"School's In Session" 3 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
The Unrated Version of Marilyn Manson's "Tainted Love" Music Video
Joe Gallen's First Short Film "Car Ride"
Test Your Teen Movie I.Q.
Auditions
Cast Promo Spots
The Yearbook
Theatrical Trailers
Scene Selections
Interactive Animated Menus

Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

The DVD Review:
Talk about a loaded disc set...they really went to town on this one...is it worth it?

Well, if you liked the movie, that's a bonus for you already, an incentive to but it as it were. The interactive menu's are funny simply because they take the American Beauty 'bag' gag from the film and alter scenes from the movie digitally adding the floating bag throughout them.

A commentary featuring the cast lets you know why actors should be given only lines by writers and not allowed to speak in public. Not only is it annoying to listen to these people ramble about what they liked in the movie, laughing at the gags but to hear Jaime Pressly dominate the audio track while also saying the scenes were shot wrong to ruin gags, and then saying that Mr. T can't act (admittedly he isn't the best thespian...but Jaime Pressly is pointing fingers about acting?).

Director Commentary: A much better audio track here. Some real insight into the film, the targets being spoofed, including some you may not have readily picked out, how the cast was picked for the film and with director Joel Gallen admitting some gags didn't strike as well as others did. The funny thing is, one of my complaints about the film, the gross out jokes within it are some of the ones dismissed by Gallen.

Evil Ash

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